18.06.2014 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Participates in the Seminar on the ‘Jakarta Old Town Development as a Tourist Destination and Preparation for a World Heritage Nomination,’ Jakarta, 17th of June 2014

UNESCO took part in the seminar organized by the Government of Jakarta to discuss the issues around tourism at Kota Tua as necessary steps for a possible future World Heritage nomination. The Seminar was held at the Jakarta Contemporary Art Space and Visitor Center, Kota Tua, and was attended by around 50 people including representatives from the provincial government, NGOs, media and other stakeholders.

The seminar was conducted within the framework of the Government of Jakarta’s overall plan to revitalize the Kota Tua area. The event was officially opened by the Deputy Governor for Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Prof. Dr. Sylviana Murni, who emphasized the importance of this seminar especially to invite people to pay more concern to heritage conservation and economic development in Kota Tua while also improving  the welfare of the citizens living in the Kota Tua area. The Deputy Governor outlined that the Jakarta Government hoped that the Seminar, and input from stakeholders, would be a good initial step to move towards a World Heritage nomination in partnership with the National Government.  

Prof. Hubert Gijzen, Ph.D, Director and Representative for UNESCO Office Jakarta,, delivered a presentation in which he introduced the UNESCO 1972 World Heritage Convention especially in the context of culture for sustainable development and the move to the post-2015 framework. Mr. Gijzen emphasized outlined the key features of the Convention as well as necessary steps needed in the nomination process as well the importance of coordination with all community groups, local and national government in the nomination process. Mr.. Gijzen also stressed the importance of a robust participatory conservation management plan being developed for Kota Tua to support any future nomination.

The seminar also included a presentation from Prof. Wiendu Nuryanti, Ph.D., Vice Minister of Education and Culture for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture, who outlined her Ministry’s support for the future nomination of Kota Tua as a World Heritage site.   The Vice-Minister also detailed the internal process of nomination a cultural World Heritage site in Indonesia, especially the role that the Ministry of Education and Culture play as the focal point in this process. Prof. Nuryanti also gave a detailed outline of the process of inscribing the World Heritage site of the Cultural Landscape of Subak in Bali, and the importance of a solid action team that involves experts from various backgrounds to form a good nomination plan.
Other speakers in the seminar included Dr Arie Budiman, the The Head of Tourism and Culture Department of the Provincial Government of DKI Jakarta, who gave a detailed outline of the current master plan of the Jakarta government for the Kota Tua area. In addition, Father Adolf Heuken, an expert historian on Jakarta, gave an in depth history of the Kota Tua area as well as outlining his thoughts on how the history and heritage of the area could be more relevant and accessible to younger generations.

The final presentation was from Mr. Lin Che Wei, the CEO of the Jakarta Old Town Revitalization Corporation (JOTRC), who outlined JOTRC’s efforts to develop multi-disciplinary collaboration among different actors in order to involve all existing stakeholders and to create Kota Tua as a livable heritage space for Jakarta people. Mr. Lin Che Wei also outlined the research developed so far for a possible world Heritage nomination as well as the readiness of JOTRC to support in forming a taskforce in preparing the whole nomination process of Kota Tua as UNESCO World Heritage site. The discussions was then followed by a question and answer session from all the participants and continued by the formulation of an action plan by a group involving the Jakarta Government and JOTRC.

Within the framework of the Indonesia Funds-in-Trust (I-FIT), and in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Culture, UNESCO will support the Jakarta Government through the ‘First Phase Project for the Revitalization of Kota Tua through Sustainable Heritage Conservation’. The project will focus ongoing technical conservation support to stakeholders in the Kota Tua area especially through the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape Approach (HUL) approach. This approach seeks to increase the sustainability of planning and design interventions by taking into account the existing built environment, intangible heritage, and cultural diversity, socio-economic and environmental factors along with local community values.

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